2012-03-03 / Front Page

Working Hard for the Big Easy

Millersport Community Theatre ready for another show


Photos by Scott Rawdon Photos by Scott Rawdon MILLERSPORT – Millersport Community Theatre proudly presents “The Big Easy Minstrel” (a musical reviewminstrel style) directed by Mark A. Severance and Rodney Helser. Assist ant musical director for the second half is Steve Mohler. The performance will be at the Millerspor t Element ar y Auditor iu m 8 p. m. Friday March 2 and Saturday March 3. Doors open 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 and reservations are requested. Call (740) 467-3217 or visit www. millersportcommunitytheatre.com .

T he chorus and soloists will have a Mardi Gras look and feature New Orleans jazz blended with jokes in the show’s first half. The second half features a spiritual choir and various groups singing and dancing. Everyone participates in the Grande Finale.

Minstrel shows became a Millersport tradition in 1958 when the Millersport Athletic Booster Club sponsored them. Later, the project was shared with the Band Boosters.

After many years, the shows were discontinued and then revived by the Millersport Community Theatre. Minstrel shows were produced from 1958 through 1969.

Helser founded the Millersport Community Theatre in 1976 with one purpose in mind— to provide the community with a source of wholesome family entertainment while creating a showcase for local talent. The Millersport Community Theatre was also formed to promote learning of theatre history, production techniques, and performing art skills of the Millersport community and surrounding area. It was a product of the Bicentennial Celebration in Millersport. The late Judge Joseph Ralston and the late James Pierce helped organize and finance the first summer musical, “Brigadoon,” which was staged at the Millersport Lion’s Club Park under the stars.

Publicity Chair Debbie Smith said highlights of this year’s show for some may be the pony chorus, and for others it may be the comedy or the finale. It may also be that people just enjoy the music. The show is unique because people come together from all walks of life to sing, dance, or do comedy. Participants come from surrounding communities and range in age from seventh grade and older.






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